Events

August 30, 2013

Airmen take flight … Free fall into adventure

Tags:
Senior Airman DAVID OWSIANKA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Yadira Chaidez, 56th MDOS aerospace medical technician, performs a tandem skydive with an instructor.

Imagine boarding an aircraft and exiting midflight. The plane climbs and levels out at 13,000 feet for passengers to embark on a journey.

Twelve Luke Airmen took to the skies Aug. 17 to participate in a tandem skydiving event hosted by Outdoor Recreation’s Single Airman Program at Skydive Arizona in Eloy.

After the Airmen received a briefing from an instructor and donned their gear, the group boarded a plane and ascended to the proper jump altitude. The Airmen and their instructors inched their way to the edge of the open door in the plane to begin the descent to the ground below.

“The scariest part was when the doors opened up for us to jump out,” said Airman 1st Class Jessica Chapman, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering technician. “I wasn’t nervous until the door opened, and I felt the wind as I stood on the edge.”

The Airmen freefell for nearly a minute, reaching speeds of approximately 120 miles per hour, or 200 feet per second, before the parachutes opened.

Airman 1st Class Brando Sompie, 56th Force Support Squadron, freefalls from 13,000 feet with a skydiving instructor Aug. 17 during a tandem skydiving event at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. The Airmen freefell for nearly a minute, reaching speeds of approximately 120 mph, or 200 feet per second, before opening the parachutes. The event was hosted by Outdoor Recreation’s Single Airman Program.

“Freefalling was great,” Chapman said. “It was an amazing experience. “I loved that the instructor let me open and guide the parachute. It gave me a much better experience as I glided to the ground.”

The group agreed it was an experience they would never forget.

“Skydiving was an unbelievable and almost indescribable experience,” said Airman Jack Taylor, 56th Mission Support Group knowledge operations management journeyman. “I will always remember the view of the ground below as I jumped out of the plane and plummeted down until the parachute was released.”

The Single Airman Program is an Air Force initiative endorsed by the office of the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force and operated through installation’s force support squadrons. The target age group for the program is 18 to 25, but no age group is excluded.

The 56th Force Support Squadron point of contact works with single Airmen to determine needs and interests. The POC uses that information to develop programs and life skills classes based on the priorities of the single Airmen.

Single Airmen events:

  • Turf Soaring School Sept. 7 in Peoria where Airmen glide with a certified pilot from an altitude of 5,000 feet
  • Grand Canyon camping Sept. 22 hosted by the 56th Fighter Wing Chapel
  • Commissary tour and cooking class Sept. 16
  • Bowling Boot Camp Sept. 15
  • Tandem skydiving Sept. 28 in Eloy



All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin